Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Torkoal from the Dark Explorers Pokemon Card Set. This is a basic, fire type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. Torkoal doesn't have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move is called Flame Cloak and for one colorless energy card it does 10 damage and if you get a heads when you flip a coin you can attach a fire energy card from your discard pile to Torkoal. Torkoal's second move is called Heat Blast which takes three energy cards, two colorless and one fire, and does 60 damage.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since this is a basic Pokemon card that doesn't evolve into another Pokemon I would only use 1, maybe 2 of these in a fire type deck. If you have to put it into the active Pokemon spot right away, and only have 1 or 2 energy cards on it you'll have to use Flame Cloak, otherwise I would use Heat Blast every turn. This card is a decent card to play later in a game after either one of your fire type Pokemon has been knocked out or you are using a fire type Pokemon card that discards fire energy cards, you can then put Torkoal into play and use Flame Cloak a couple of times to get some energy cards from your discard pile and before you know it you'll be able to use Heat Blast.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. This is a very average Pokemon card in my opinion, it has a standard hp and can do the average amount of damage for three energy cards. The only way I would use this card is if I was looking for one additional card for my deck, Torkoal may be a good fit, it can do some damage, it doesn't evolve, and it is faster than you might think.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Torkoal from the Dark Explorers set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Slowbro from the same set.